Next Generation ‘May Never See the Glory of Coral Reefs’

Children born today may be the last generation to see coral reefs in all their glory, according to a marine biologist who is coordinating efforts to monitor the decline of the world’s most colourful ecosystem.
Global heating and ocean acidification have already severely bleached 16 to 33% of all warm-water reefs, but the remainder are vulnerable to even a fraction of a degree more warming, said David Obura, chair of the Coral Specialist Group in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

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Wildfire in Butte County Most Destructive in California History

Cal Fire said 6,713 structures have been destroyed, 6,453 homes and 260 commercial buildings, as of 6 p.m. Friday.

The wildfire topped the Tubbs Fire, which destroyed 5,636 structures in Sonoma County in October 2017.

The fire, named the Camp Fire, has also claimed nine lives, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said.

The wildfire ignited around 6:30 a.m. Thursday in the Camp Creek Road area near Highway 70 in the Feather River Canyon. The fire had charred 90,000 acres and was 5 percent contained by Friday evening.

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Earth's Ozone Layer is Finally Healing, Says UN

The protective shield in Earth’s atmosphere had been thinning out before scientists raised the alarm about the impact of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the 1980s.
As a result of bans introduced by global governments, the upper ozone layer above the Northern Hemisphere should be completely restored in the 2030s.
A gaping hole in the ozone over the Antarctic won’t disappear until later – sometime in the 2060s, according to a scientific assessment released on Monday at a conference in Quito, Ecuador.

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Summers Could be Entirely Powered by Clean Energy by 2050

But while wind, solar and nuclear power would provide nearly 91% of the country’s electricity by then, up from about 50% today, gas power stations are still expected to be needed during winters.
Analysts at Aurora Energy Research looked at how the wholesale power market would cope if the UK meets its target of slashing carbon emissions 80% by 2050.
They found that the price of power would drop to nearly zero between April and October because of lower demand and the glut of electricity coming from solar panels and windfarms.

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Brexit: Government Urged to Revive Fishing for Endangered Tuna in UK Waters after Britain Leaves EU

Numbers of bluefin tuna appear to have increased in British waters over the last three years, and campaigners say the time is ripe to begin targeting the massive fish.  
The Angling Trust and campaign group Bluefin Tuna UK met with two supportive MPs on Wednesday to launch a campaign calling for a “world leading” new catch-and-release fishery.
However, environmental groups have warned against the proposal, which they say would cause unnecessary harm to fish that have just recovered from “the brink of collapse” and are still considered endangered.

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60% of world's wildlife has been wiped out since 1970

Well over half the world's population of vertebrates, from fish to birds to mammals, have been wiped out in the past four decades, says a new report from the World Wildlife Fund.
Between 1970 and 2014, there was 60 per cent decline, on average, among 16,700 wildlife populations around the world according to the 2018 edition of the Living Planet Report released Monday. 
"We've had a loss of nearly two-thirds, on average, of our wild species," said James Snider, vice-president of science, research and innovation for WWF-Canada. 

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Speed Restrictions FARCE: 15mph Zones Will Increase Pollution, Say Experts

Bold draft proposals to reduce speed limits in the capital’s Square Mile were put forward by the City of London corporation as part of its long-term strategy to improve road safety and cut pollution.
The corporation, which governs the City of London, suggested an authority-wide 15mph restriction could save lives by encouraging motorists to be more considerate behind the wheel.
Last year, 54 people were killed or seriously injured on City streets.

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Budget 2018: Environmental Groups Attack Government's £30bn Road Spending Plan

Green campaigners have lined up to attack chancellor Philip Hammond for announcing a multi-billion-pound boost for building and upgrading roads – days after world scientists urgently warned that greenhouse gas emissions must be cut.
In Monday’s budget, Mr Hammond is due to champion £30bn of funding for new roads and road repairs, hailing it “the biggest-ever cash injection for England’s largest roads”. 

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Air pollution is the ‘new tobacco’, warns WHO head

Air pollution is the “new tobacco”, the head of the World Health Organization has warned, saying the simple act of breathing is killing 7 million people a year and harming billions more.
Over 90% of the world’s population suffers toxic air and research is increasingly revealing the profound impacts on the health of people, especially children.

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Trump wades into California's 'water wars' with environmental standards memo

The Trump administration is wading into California’s “water wars” on behalf of embattled Republicans and agricultural interests weeks before the November midterm elections.
Donald Trump signed a memo on Friday directing agencies to review and revise or rescind environmental standards that conservatives argue are keeping water from flowing to farmers in the Central Valley. He is also setting deadlines for biological assessments of regional projects.

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